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University of California Dropping SAT and ACT Tests in Settlement With Minority Students

University of California Dropping SAT and ACT Tests in Settlement With Minority Students

“The lawsuit argued that low income students of color were at disadvantage because standardized test questions often contain inherent bias that more privileged children are better equipped to answer”

These students sued claiming that standardized tests are biased. Does anyone really believe that?

The New York Post reports:

University of California to nix SAT, ACT in settlement with minority students

The University of California agreed to no longer consider SAT or ACT scores when making admissions and scholarship decisions under a settlement finalized Friday in a 2019 lawsuit filed on behalf of low income students of color and students with disabilities.

The 10-campus system, which has more than 280,000 students statewide, decided not to continue fighting a judge’s injunction issued last fall that barred it from considering the scores for admission even when submitted voluntarily, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Students may still elect to submit SAT or ACT scores to satisfy the entry level writing requirement or for placement in courses.

The lawsuit argued that low income students of color were at disadvantage because standardized test questions often contain inherent bias that more privileged children are better equipped to answer and wealthier students often take expensive prep course to boost scores that others cannot afford. It also argues the students with disabilities could not easier travel to exams and class sites.

The settlement, reached earlier this month, “ensures that the university will not revert to its planned use of the SAT and ACT — which its own regents have admitted are racist metrics,” Amanda Savage, an attorney representing the students, said in a statement obtained by the Chronicle.

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henrybowman | May 17, 2021 at 1:22 pm

“‘Devalue the UC diploma?’ I’m sorry, but I can’t understand how these words even have any sort of semantic relationship to each other.”

The Friendly Grizzly | May 17, 2021 at 2:27 pm

Why not just bar the judge?

This was probably a “friendly” lawsuit. When a public institution wants to do something that will raise the ire of taxpayers, they get a group to sue them to do it.

Then they “settle” the suit, agreeing to do what they wanted to do in the first place. When taxpayers object, they just point to the settlement and blame it on the court.

Of course … just one more in a long conga line of efforts by minorities to excuse themselves from the requirement to meet a standard and get everything handed to them on a platter solely because of their minority status.

This is exactly what the would be Marxist leaders want. A dumbing down of society until they aren’t smart enough to find their behinds with both hands. Useful idiots brought to you by your local (government run) education system.

This sounds very much like what CUNY did back in the ’70’s and ’80’s. CUNY, once a world-renowned public institution of higher learning, providing a first-class education at minimal cost, basically eliminated all standards for admission and became a laughingstock; a degree from CUNY is now no more than a high school diploma, and all potential employers know that. I guess UC wants to follow in CUNY’s footsteps…

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to chocopot. | May 19, 2021 at 2:20 am

    The standards were top notch when they were City COLLEGE of New York. Along with the dropping of qualifications came the hifalutin University name change.

Anonymous Bosh | May 18, 2021 at 2:57 pm

“The lawsuit argued that low income students of color were at disadvantage because standardized test questions often contain inherent bias that more privileged children are better equipped to answer”

I’ve always wondered, then, why don’t researchers who come to this conclusion write their OWN test (and bias it however they want)?

Yes, I know the *obvious* answer, but why can’t they at least *try* to put their monies where their mouths be?

I went to 3 high schools in 3 different states. I would be a shoe salesman except for standarized tests (Eighth Grade Achievement, NMST, SAT, LSAT). They incovered the intelligence undetected in the always “new kid”. With those entry keys, this high-school drop out’s son was able to attend a top 25 university, a top 10 law school (graduating in the top of his class), and spend 40 plus years as a University Professor. If I had to depend on gpa and letters none of that would have occurred. My “story” wasn’t that heart rending to work alone.
My criteria is — does a poor, lower class but smart White boy have an equal chance? If not, the system IS discriminatory and should not be allowed.

SeiteiSouther | May 18, 2021 at 3:57 pm

Jesus H. Christ on a popsicle stick. No more SAT or ACT scores because minority students are affected? Boo hoo. Bigotry of low expectations, that’s what this is.

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